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Falling Ash From East Texas Brush Fire Rains Down On West Shreveport

Fire crews from Northern Caddo Parish have returned to their respective stations this evening after responding to a call for assistance from the Harrison County Fire Department.

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Natural Gas Leaking Off Ellerbe Road In Far Southeast Shreveport

The Caddo Sheriff’s Office is currently working  a gas line rupture on Ellerbe Road. Deputies say a pick-up truck was southbound on Ellerbe when the driver swerved to miss a dog. The driver lost control and hit an above-ground natural gas pipeline, rupturing the line.

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Cease & Desist Order Issued On Outdoor Burning In Some Louisiana Parishes, But Not All

Due to the extremely dry conditions in certain Parishes within the state, State Fire Marshal, H. Butch Browning and, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Mike Strain have issued a cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1563.  Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.

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Shreveport Plant Maintenance Will Produce Lower Water Pressure For Up To One Week

Maintenance beginning this evening at the T.L. Amiss Water Purification Plant will likely result in lower system pressure throughout the City.

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DEQ Believes Temple-Inland May Be Responsible For Very Large Fish Kill

Department of Environmental Quality officials are continuing to investigate an extensive fish kill incident that affected the Pearl River in Washington and St. Tammany parishes.

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What To Do, Should You Discover A Fish Kill

State, local and federal agencies continue to respond to a fish kill in the Pearl River that originated near Bogalusa in Washington Parish. This fish kill was reported on Saturday and the slug of black water believed to have caused or contributed to the fish kills has moved south through St. Tammany Parish.

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It’s So Hot And Dry, Texas Lake Turns Blood Red [VIDEO]

I was only half-joking today when I said it felt like I was living in the Sahara Desert!

Yes, it's been hot the last couple of weeks... But the temperatures yesterday and today are just crazy!!!

Plus, with the heat, we've had the lack of rain making everything dead and/or dying.

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Cooling Center’s Add Weekend Hours In Light Of Incredible Heat

The City’s 15 ``cooling centers’’ are up and running – this time with extended Saturday and Sunday hours to help local residents beat the latest heat wave expected to have temperatures above 100 degrees for the next several days. 

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Smokey Bear and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain film a public service announcement at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge on the benefits of prescribed burning. The camera operator is Jerry Mayer of Hometown Productions.
Smokey Bear and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain film a public service announcement at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge on the benefits of prescribed burning. The camera operator is Jerry Mayer of Hometown Productions.
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Smokey ‘Bear’ To Be Featured In New Louisiana Ad Campaign

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) wants to create a greater awareness among the public of the benefits of prescribed burning in the state’s forested lands.

“The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is kicking off a statewide prescribed burn awareness campaign to let the public know there are good fires and bad fires,” Strain said.

“Prescribed burning is a useful, environmentally friendly management tool used to improve the health of Louisiana forests.  Many people aren’t familiar with prescribed burning and do not understand the positive effects it has on certain wildland environments.” 

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